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Twitter loses it after French police order woman to remove 'burkini'

One point seemed to dominate them all: A woman's right and freedom to choose

The French ban on the burkini has taken yet another turn as armed police officers, holding batons and pepper spray, ordered a Muslim woman to strip off on a busy beach in Cannes. 

The images went viral on social media late on Tuesday and the hashtags #BurkiniBan and #WTFFRANCE started trending worldwide, with many people expressing shock and outrage.

Is this laicite?

https://twitter.com/aishagani/status/768184264672161793
https://twitter.com/socialchangeftw/status/768264073381158912
https://twitter.com/73160Cedric/status/768422315512266752

Shock at armed patrols

https://twitter.com/KeithWalkerNews/status/768195918999019521

Some people delved into history to make a point

https://twitter.com/musab_ys/status/768190853349306368

But women’s freedom to choose dominated debate

https://twitter.com/Rrrrnessa/status/768221435676413952
https://twitter.com/amybeeface/status/768422347028041729

With scepticism about the measure's ability to improve security rife 

https://twitter.com/musab_ys/status/768177915523629056

People also linked the ban to restrictions on women’s freedom in the Middle East

LBC’s James O’Brien pulled no punches

Double-standards?

https://twitter.com/giannivanlaere/status/768391328212353024

https://twitter.com/tootahsz/status/768384488426639360

Wetsuits must go! 

UK politicians got stuck into the debate too

And a few users chirped in with some irony

https://twitter.com/stephjkd/status/768210189241704448

Then there was Nigella...

https://twitter.com/untitledhorrors/status/768422549768265728
https://twitter.com/untitledhorrors/status/768422549768265728